Weekend Preview: Happy Weekend

Triathlon Events

Saturday March 17th


MCTC Regional Championships & Havasu Triathlon

Lake Havasu City, Az

Sunday March 18th


7th Annual Rock Classic Swim Meet

Castle Rock

Cycling Events

Saturday March 17th


Pedaling for St. Pat’s

Colorado Springs

CSU Cobb Lake Road Race

Ft. Collins

St. Patricks Day Ride



Ft. Collins

Leadville Winter Series 50k


Sunday March 18th

CSU Oval Criterium

Ft. Collins

Staunton Spring Fatty Frenzy – Cancelled



Broomfield to host Trail Marathon in November

By Jennifer RiosStaff Writer Broomfield News


Broomfield’s first-ever marathon will highlight wildlife, local trail systems and stunning Rocky Mountain views.

Broomfield Rotary Club and A Precious Child will be hosting the city’s inaugural Broomfield Trails Marathon along with a half marathon, 10K and 5K race. The four races will take place Nov. 4.

“Runners start planning out their year and races early on,” Sara Farris, spokeswoman with North Metro Fire Rescue District, said, “so we want to give people ample time to set their schedules and be able to register early, get a spot and set their training schedule.”

Farris, who is helping with marketing for the race, said organizers thought this race would provide another opportunity for long-distance runners. The race begins and ends in Broomfield and travels through portions of Westminster and Boulder County.

“Another unique aspect to the race that really drove the inspiration for this is really highlighting the trail system in Broomfield and the surrounding area,” Farris said. “It sets Broomfield apart and focuses on open and green space. We want to show off those great features and bring people to the area and show what it has to offer.”


Complete article HERE

Tri Coach Tuesday: Announcing the 303Triathlon Beginner Tri Project


Inspired by the USA Triathlon and IRONMAN “Time to Tri Initiative,” 303Triathlon is excited to launch the 303 Beginner Tri Project. As with the Time to Tri Initiative, the goal of the 303 Beginner Tri Project is to attract new athletes – and new people who don’t realize that they are athletes! – to the sport of triathlon.

Alison Freeman, 303 Triathlon Staff Writer and USAT Certified Coach with D3 Multisport, will publish regular columns specifically focused on information helpful to beginners, answering basic questions about equipment, training, and racing. Alison will also be moderating the new 303 Beginner Tri Facebook Group, a community where new triathletes can post questions, accomplishments, setbacks, and encouragement.

Within the 303 Beginner Tri Facebook Group, we will focus on a series of beginner-friendly triathlons throughout the season. Alison will post workout goals and key workouts leading into select races, and group members are encouraged to work together to accomplish those goals!

If you are interested in toeing the start line of your first triathlon, or know someone who is (or should be!), please join the 303 Beginner Tri Facebook Group and keep an eye on 303 Triathlon for our first beginner column next week.

303Radio: Alon Mandel on his Upcoming Challenge to Swim Cook Straight

Alon Mandel is attempting to swim something that less 100 humans have ever done. He is going to swim between the North and South islands of New Zealand forging the heavy currents of the Cook Straight. It’s about 14 miles of treacherous waters but the Olympic Swimmer from Israel has swam the Ocean’s Seven Strait-of-Gibraltar in September 2015, swimming from Spain to Morocco. With All-American awards, as a University of Michigan swimmer and teammate of Michael Phelps, Alon has many moments to draw upon for that fortitude and strength to attempt this swim.

Hear the details with 303Radio recorded at the Denver Athletic Club after a masters swim session with Bill Plock. Alon is raising money for Parkinson’s Disease and you can learn more HERE




Can Athletes Benefit from Nasal Rinsing for better Airflow?

By Dr. Stephen Chandler, MD ENT

Nasal rinsing: it’s quick, easy, effective, and comes with countless benefits for people of all walks of life, including athletes. The practice clears sinuses, removing mucus and muck and all that icky stuff. Some of the many proven benefits include optimized airflow, reduced allergies, and decreased flu and cold symptoms.

Oh, and did we mention that it’s 100% natural? Here, we delve into the many benefits athletes can expect from nasal rinsing.


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Increase Airflow to Enhance Performance

Clear breathing is important for optimal athletic performance. For many athletes, it takes very little swelling of the nasal passages for them to become restricted or even totally blocked, resulting in compromised performance. However, in most cases, it’s easy to restore efficient nasal breathing using a saline irrigation technique.

Nasal saline lavage has been used by top-level athletes across many sports, including football, rugby, swimming, tennis and many more. It works by cleansing the nasal passages using a saline solution. This process gently removes bacteria, allergens and mucus which are often the cause of congestion and nasal drainage. The use of isotonic salt solution has an additional beneficial effect of reducing swelling and inflammation, which can also restrict airflow.

What’s the main reason athletes don’t like to do saline nasal irritation? Despite the established benefits of nasal lavage, people are concerned about the choking and gagging associated with the use of many devices. Fortunately, ResQRinse makes the process of nasal irrigation faster, easier and more effective, without the fear of choking or gagging. The use of ReqQRinse results in clear, clean nasal passages that allow the maximum amount of airflow into your lungs and optimized performance. No drugs, no enzymes, just a natural salt solution. It’s no wonder that this simple process is quickly becoming an integral part of pre-performance routine.


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Significantly Reduce Symptoms of Allergies

Athletes who have allergies such as hayfever are particularly vulnerable to reduced nasal airflow, and susceptible to more complicated “down-stream” inflammatory effects of post nasal drainage. While drugs such as antihistamines may reduce allergy symptoms, the impact on athletic performance are far more profound than on the activities of the average person. For most, an allergy is an irritation; for an athlete, allergic reactivity has a direct negative impact on their performance. Due to the increased amount of air required during exercise, the body is less able to perform with restricted or sub-optimal airflow dynamics. For this reason, it is vital to flush out nasal allergens to minimize their performance degrading effect.

ResQRinse helps to safely remove nasal debris and allergens, the mucus that is produced as a result, and reduce the inflammation they cause. If you are an athlete with air-borne allergy problems, then ResQRinse will likely become an essential part of your routine.


Avoid potential doping complications – 100% natural

Nasal irrigation uses an entirely natural saline solution. Many nasal sprays use steroids, which could possibly lead to positive blood or urine tests. Why risk it? With nasal irrigation there are no issues of impropriety; it works by dissolving natural salts and buffers in water and flushing out the nasal passages and sinuses – no drugs, and no steroids. When treating allergies and nasal conditions, as with any medical conditions, inappropriate or unauthorized medication use accusations add additional complexity for an athlete and great care must be taken when selecting a treatment. ResQRinse nasal saline lavage is safe and effective.


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Why choose the ResQRinse?

Nasal irrigation with saline lavage has been around for hundreds of years. ResQRinse takes the process to the next level – making it far easier, quicker, more effective and without the choking associated with traditional netipots or nasal washes. You no longer have to orient your head at awkward angles, rely on gravity or be concerned about coughing or choking – ResQRinse lets you keep your head upright and uses your own breath pressure to control the flow of saline. ResQRinse offers the most comprehensive sinus irrigation possible, giving more noticeable and longer lasting relief –without the gag. Curious to learn how ResQRinse can help you? Contact us today.




About the Author: Dr. Stephen Chandler, MD ENT is the co-inventor of the ResQRinse® nasal irrigation system and serves as clinical advisor for SinOptim. He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and graduated in 1997 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Doctorate in Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Chandler completed an extensive residency program in Morgantown, West Virginia at West Virginia University.

Sinus disease is a specialty of Dr. Chandler’s. He has completed over 20,000 sinus procedures since joining Montgomery Otolaryngology in 2002. Dr. Chandler is a pioneer in Sinus Balloon Dilation, an in office procedure that gives immediate relief with no downtime. Dr. Chandler has authored numerous publications.

Women’s Wednesday: A Culture of Silence

A Culture of Silence

By Lisa Ingarfield

Two weeks ago, the Southern California News Group and OC Register broke the story of rampant sexual abuse in USA Swimming (USAS). The sexual abuse, largely perpetrated by coaches, was overlooked and/or covered up time and again by USAS and occurred over decades. Over this time period, there are over 590 alleged victims. Many coaches were held accountable through the criminal justice system, but were not banned from coaching by the USAS, or USAS was aware of the behavior (and didn’t do anything) decades before any criminal investigation was initiated. This, of course, comes on the heels of former USA Gymnastic (USAG) coach Larry Nassar finally being held accountable for the sexual abuse of over 200 young girls while serving as USAG’s medical doctor. In both cases, athletes came forward to their national governing body (NGB), law enforcement was involved at different points, and still victims weren’t believed and coaches weren’t held accountable.

And then today, this headline pops up in my news feed: Top Volleyball Coach Raped Girls Hundreds Of Times, Lawsuit Alleges.



We just finished the Winter Olympics, and many of you may have rejoiced in Shaun White’s gold medal. But did you know he was accused of sexual harassment by a former member of his band? He allegedly sent her explicit images of himself, asked her to wear sexually provocative clothing, and forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos, among other problematic and hostile behaviors. After his win, when asked about the allegations by the press, he referred to them as “gossip.”

While he later apologized for this comment, it is another example of how violence against women in sport is routinely minimized, erased, and covered up. White settled the lawsuit against him in 2017. His behavior apparently wasn’t severe (relevant?) enough for the USA Olympic Committee (USOC) to ban White from PyeongChang. When money and medals are at stake, pushing the sexual harassment of girls and women off to the sidelines is acceptable, right? After several months of pressure from senators and former Olympians, Scott Blackmun, the head of the USOC, just stepped down. Under his leadership, the USOC failed to intervene in numerous cases of sexual abuse that came to its attention.

Brett Sutton, a well known triathlon coach was also convicted of sexually assaulting a minor, a minor he coached. He was given a two year suspended sentence and was suspended from Triathlon Australia and ITU and is barred from coaching in Australia. Yet, he is still a successful coach, and his criminal act — because, yes, it was criminal — is hotly debated in triathlon circles, although generally receives very little attention overall.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, former Olympic swimmer, runs Champion Women, an organization dedicated to supporting women and girls in sport. She is also a civil rights attorney and regularly represents college athletes with Title IX claims against their schools. She was integral in pushing for the resignation of USOC chief executive Blackmun. She shares: “The [fight against the] issue of sexual abuse in club and Olympic sports has been going on for about twenty years.” In 2014, she represented 19 victims of sexual abuse in the sport of swimming, and nothing really changed in US Swimming. In fact, USAS chief executive Chuck Wielgus was shortly thereafter honored by the USOC. But now, something is different, Hogshead-Makar laments. The #MeToo campaign and the women who came forward in the Nassar case “showed the depth of the emotional harm that occurs as a result of sexual abuse,” says Hogshead-Makar. This helped people understand, rather than dismiss, women’s repeated complaints of sexual abuse.

Last month, the U.S. Congress voted to pass the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act. This act, championed by Hogshead-Makar and many others, was signed into law on February 14th. The law does a few things including making NGBs, including the USOC, mandatory reporters of child and sexual abuse. They must report to law enforcement within 24 hours complaints alleging abuse. Prior to the law, NGBs and in the case of USAG, Michigan State University, argued they did not have a duty to protect if made aware of Nassar’s sexual abuse. And this is largely true. Olympic or professional athletes are not employees or students, and so Title XII and Title IX of the federal Civil Rights Act do not apply to them. With the passage of the recent Safe Sport law, this will no longer be a legitimate legal argument. The law also extends the statute of limitations to 10 years from the point a person realizes they were sexually abused, and entitles victims to statutory and punitive damages. The U.S. Center for Safe Sport, based here in Denver, is also designated as the investigatory body for all sexual abuse complaints reported. If you are a USA Triathlon coach, you will have taken its sexual abuse module as part of your certification requirements.

The prevailing thread through the examples in this article, as well as many others, is the culture of silence surrounding the behavior of coaches and high profile athletes. There has been barely a peep about White’s sexual harassment case during NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, and we know for decades leaders at Michigan State University, USAG, and the USOC did nothing about Nassar’s repeated sexual assaults on the gymnasts he was supposed to be caring for. USAS seems to be the same way. We will have to wait to see what happens with the Chicago area volleyball coach accused of sexually assaulting a number of his athletes. As a culture, we are routinely willing to look the other way and make excuses for perpetrators (who are almost always men). We need to ask ourselves why one girl’s or woman’s complaint is not enough to take seriously. Why does a coach’s word hold more sway? Why does it need to tip past 100 complaints for any substantive public action to be taken? How does power, money, and winning play into all of this? The decisions made time and again would lead many of us to believe a girl’s life is of less value than a coach’s reputation and winning gold.

Leaders in USAG and USAS covered up, failed to report, settled cases, and in some cases paid damages, while trying to desperately to keep the information out of the news. This takes effort. These are not isolated incidents of one bad apple. They are representative of a long term pattern of behavior that continually excuses incidences of sexual abuse. There has to be a network of people ensuring perpetrator behavior continues unchecked or to blame the victim and explain it away when a report does make the light of day. This is the problem and it is widespread. Silence is complicity. We must demand more from our NGBs, from the USOC, and from our fellow coaches. We must believe victims, and we must ensure the scores of coaches entering triathlon (or any sport) understand abuse of any kind will not be tolerated in the sport, will not be ignored, covered up, or hidden. There will be consequences. Each of us has an individual and collective responsibility to make sure this happens.

Hogshead-Makar urges: “When a victim and/or witnesses to sexual abuse is ready, please have them file a complaint with the U.S. Center for SafeSport. [They can also] call directly at: 720-531-0340.”

Tri Club Tuesday: CU Tri Club Silent Auction

CU Triathlon’s Inaugural Silent Auction
By Paisley Sheehan

The CU Triathlon team would like to invite you to join us this Friday, March 9th at 6pm at Colorado Multisport for our inaugural auction!

This event is the work of many local businesses and team members, and we’ve brought together an impressive array of items to be bid upon. Entry is $10, and refreshments and door prizes will be part of the fun.

The University of Colorado Triathlon Team is a club made up of about 75 student athletes. We’re open to every level of triathlete – from first-timers just learning how to swim to athletes who race at the pro level. Our training keeps us together six days a week, and if that weren’t enough we still manage to find time to spend together as friends. Workouts are created by our three inspirational coaches, Brad Seng, Leigh Dodd, and Dave Sheanin, who lead practices and provide insight about anything and everything triathlon. The team is run by elected members who are responsible for fundraising, race travel, and so much more. We take pride in being a part of the local triathlon community and volunteer at many races throughout the year.

The Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference (MCTC) competes annually at local races like Boulder Sunset and Oktoberfest, as well as the Pumpkinman Triathlon in Boulder City, Nevada. The CU Triathlon team attends all of these races, culminating in the MCTC Championship race in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. All of this is in preparation for USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals, taking place this year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from April 27-28. All together, the University of Colorado Triathlon Team has taken home 18 national titles, including the last 8 consecutive years. As a competitive team, we train as hard as we race, but we also enjoy spending time together and sharing our passion for triathlon. As Coach Dave says, “Common suffering builds great teams” – and that has been our mantra for at least as
long as I’ve been on the team.We take pride in our team’s accomplishments, however, our focus is on working hard and having fun.

When my teammates talk about the team on social media or with prospective teammates, it is very common to hear the word “family” used. I can attest that the team feels like my second family, as many of best friends are on the team. One of my best decisions in college was to join the CU Triathlon Team, and every practice reminds me how grateful I am to be surrounded by so many amazing teammates.

Our team is mostly student funded. Every athlete is responsible for paying their own club dues, but our officers work hard to ensure the team has enough fundraising opportunities to subsidize expenses for teammates. ​As a key part of this effort, the University of Colorado Triathlon Team will be holding an inaugural silent auction at 6pm this Friday, March 9th at Colorado Multisport. We have worked with our team sponsors and other local businesses to bring together items that will make for an exciting auction. Products from companies including RŌKA, Boulder Running Company, and Honey Stinger with be featured. Also, you can enjoy a presentation given by local pro triathlete Cam Dye. We would love for anyone in the triathlon community and beyond to come and support us. All proceeds will benefit our journey to nationals by making it possible for more of our team to travel to Alabama.

To follow us on on our journey to Nationals, find us on Instagram @cutriteam, Facebook @CUTriathlon and our website www.cutriathlon.com.

When is it Legal to Ride Bikes Two Abreast?

Golden’s Cyclist-Lawyer Megan Hottman explains the often-confusing question, When is it OK for cyclists to ride side-by-side and when is it advised to ride single file?

Originally published in Road Bike Review


Drivers get mad when cyclists ride side-by-side, but what does the law say

A friendly bike educator sent me the following inquiry:

“Hi, Megan: We have been teaching the Bicycle Friendly Driver course to hundreds of people in Northern Colorado and it has been really well received. A student in a class the other day brought up a point about side-by-side riding. He went away and did some research and then wrote the following to me. I’m hoping you might be able to provide some clarification so that we are providing accurate information.

Here’s what the student wrote:
-One of the behaviors cyclists do that upsets car drivers the most is riding side-by-side. I felt the way this was conveyed in the class was a bit confusing and might fuel the contention.

-What I heard you say was that if cyclists are being overtaken by faster traffic, they need to ride single-file.

– What I learned was that if cyclists were impeding the flow of traffic from behind by riding side-by-side, they needed to merge into single-file. In other words, if there is a clear view ahead to allow cars to stray out of their lane to give a pair of cyclists a minimum of three feet, then it was okay to ride side-by-side.

-In reading the Colorado statute it says, “Persons riding bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane.”

I’m not sure what that means. If one cyclist is on the shoulder and their buddy riding next to them is just inside the traffic lane, are they riding within a single lane? When is it okay to ride side-by-side?

First let’s start with an analysis of Colorado’s statute and its actual language. We don’t get to question why the legislature does what it does, we have to live with the actual words contained in the law. Often, a strict reading of the law can provide answers, but not always.

C.R.S. 42-4-1412(6) addresses when cyclists may ride two abreast:

(a) Persons riding bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

(b) Persons riding bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane.

Reading the two sections together, I conclude the following:

-Cyclists may not ride MORE than 2 abreast, unless they are somewhere exclusively for bikes, which would really only be a bike lane. Anywhere else, two-wide is the absolute legal max.

-Cyclists may only ride two abreast IF they are not impeding the normal/reasonable movement of traffic. If the cyclists riding two abreast ARE impeding traffic, the implication here is that they ride single file.

Read the full article

Time to Tri: 303Radio Chats with Barry Siff

Recently USA Triathlon and IRONMAN teamed up and created the Time to Tri Initiative aimed at attracting 100,000 new athletes into the sport of Triathlon. In this podcast, Barry Siff, President of the USAT Board of Directors discussed how this initiative came to be, what it means for local races and how it will impact the sport overall. The program hopes to inspire grass roots approaches to making triathlon more accessible.

At 303Triathlon, we are starting the “303 Beginner Tri Project”. We will tackle some fundamental challenges beginners face and offer workout goals and key workouts for local races and encourage new triathletes to gather for information and group training opportunities. Stay tuned for more on this. Meanwhile, take a listen to this podcast with Barry!”


Weekend Preview: Have a Great Weekend!

Triathlon Events

Saturday March 3rd


27th Annual Steamboat Springs Pentathlon

Steamboat Springs

Moab Off Road Duathlon

Moab, Utah

Sunday March 4th


Moab Spring Trail Run

Moab, Utah

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday March 7th for Don’t Doubt Mental Training with Mental Skills Coach Will Murray


Cycling Events

Saturday March 3rd


Frostbite TT

Ft. Collins

Gravelanch Series Ride #1: Dirt & Donughts


Mineral Belt Mayhem


Sunday March 4th


DU City Park Criterium


DUST2 2nd Annual Winter Fat Bike Race

Pagosa Springs

Supertraining Ride